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How to Install macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 on VMware on Windows

Written by John

At the recent WWDC17 event, Apple made some major announcements. Among these was the launch of the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Final. It has been refined to give its users the most reliable and responsive features of any Mac. It will store data better, have better graphics and many other improvements that every Mac user will love. The better news is that it is not only the Mac users who can enjoy the features of this new OS. You will also be able to enjoy this feature-packed OS. How? Just install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC.

VMware Workstation Player is virtualization software that allows Windows users to have another operating system running in their computer parallel to whatever version of Windows they are using. VMware is the best option for those looking for free virtualization software. It has some of the basic features found in the more advanced and expensive Workstation Pro. It is one of the best free virtulization software.

With VMware and a 64 bit computer with not less than 4GB RAM, you can be able to enjoy all the features of the macOS High Sierra. How can you do this? You will need to have the macOS High Sierra Final image file and the VMware software, then you can install macOS High Sierra on VMware.

High Sierra 10.13.0 (17A365)
Drive (One Full): Download Link
Drive (6 of 6): Download Link

Latest release: 10.13.6 (17G65),  July 24, 2018
Drive (One Full): Download Link
Drive (6 of 6): Download Link

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All Tool:
VMware Player: Free Download

Steps to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows

Step 1: Extract High Sierra Virtual Image File

Download and install Winrar or 7Zip, then Right Click on “macOS High Sierra.rar” and Select Extract Here.

Extract High Sierra Virtual Image

Step 2: Install VMware Player

VMware Player is available for non-commercial use and can be seen as free.

Install VMware Player 12

Step 3: Patch the VMware

Open Patch Tool folder then right click on win-install.cmd file, Select “Run as Administrator”

Install Patch Tool

Step 4: Create a New Virtual Machine

Open VMware Player and select “Create New Virtual Machine”. Select “Install the Operating system later” and Guest OS is macOS, Version is 10.13 or 10.12.

Create new Virtual Machine

Change your Virtual machine name and location (this is VMX Folder). Then click Finish.

Virtual Machine Name and Location

Step 5: Edit Your Virtual Machine

Select your High Sierra and click “Edit your Virtual Machine”. Set up 50% – 65% of RAM and CPU.

RAM and CPU Core

Select “Hard Disk (SATA) 40 GB” then click “Remove”

Remove a Virtual Hard Disk

Add New Virtual Disk to VMware

Add Virtual Machine Disk

Click “Hard Disk” then select “SATA“. And Choose “Use an existing disk”.

Select an Existing virtual disk

Open “macOS High Sierra.vmdk” file.

Open “macOS High Sierra.vmdk”

Step 6: Edit VMX File

VMX File is “VMware Virtual machine configuration”. Open “macOS High Sierra” folder in your “Desktop” or “\Documents\Virtual Machines\”. Right Click on your VMX File then select “Open with”.

Open VMX Folder

Click “More Apps” and Select “Notepad” to open this file.

Open VMX File with Notepad

Add this code: smc.version = "0"

Edit VMX File

Step 7: Play Your macOS High Sierra and Install VMware Tool

Open VMware Player, Click “Play virtual machine” and Create a new Account.

Create a New Account

Install VM Tool: Click Player – Removable Devices – CD/DVD – Setting…- Open “VM Tool.iso” File. And check “Connected” button in Device status. Then click “OK”.

Install VMware Tool in macOS High Sierra

You need enable VMware extension in System Preference.

Enable VM System Extension

Go to “System Preferences” and “Security & Privacy”

Allow VMware Extension

click “Allow” button, wait the installation was successful then click restart your virtual machine.

Done! macOS High Sierra Final on VMware on Windows

macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC

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  • Thank you for your tutorial! However, I am stuck on step 4. After running win-install.cmd as Admin, I attempted to add a virtual machine but MacOS was not listed as an option. One thing I noticed is that the “install on” option is greyed out and it says that no drive can be found. I don’t know if this helps. Any help you can provide me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  • Hey man Netowrk is not working in the vm. Tried every mode available, even bridged my ethernet card with my Vmware Adapter. I still get ethernet not connected. Can you please help?

  • Hi John, Thank you for all of the time and energy you have put into using macOS in VMWare! And for all of the time you spend helping out.

    I followed all of your steps, but for some reason when I first “played” my new VM, I get the following message: “Cannot connect the virtual device sata0:1 …” Whether I answer yes or no, I only end up at the Boot Manager, with the following message at the bottom of my VM window: “macOS 10.13 is not installed on this virtual machine. Insert the installer disk and click “Restart VM.”

    Any ideas on what the issue is?

      • Thank you for your quick response! I tried deleting the VM, and going through the process step by step again. Unfortunately, I encountered same result. I’m not sure what is causing this. Perhaps the image file downloaded incorrectly? I may try re-downloading the image file, and going through the process again.

  • Hi John, I keep getting an error message that reads: VMware Player unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)


    How can I fix this?

  • I keep getting this message while apple logo on the background:

    The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system. Power off or reset the virtual machine.

    How can i solve this?

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